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APTF Establishes McCall Scholarship; Business Members Contribute $43,000

The American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Board of Directors has announced the establishment of the Valarie J. McCall Scholarship in honor of the 2015-2016 APTA chair.

The scholarship was unanimously approved by the APTF Board of Directors March 13 at its meeting during the APTA Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.

As a result, the Valarie J. McCall Scholarship will be awarded for the first time in 2016 to a deserving applicant who is pursuing studies in urban transportation planning or public administration with a focus on transportation.

“APTF is honored to create this named scholarship for Valarie McCall,” said APTF Chair Jennifer Mitchell, director, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.  “As chair of the APTA Board of Directors she has focused on building collaboration in the public transit industry, and she has long been a leader within the city of Cleveland. This APTF scholarship will recognize her contributions to APTA and to the entire transit industry for years to come.”

This scholarship fund was created after a successful event held in McCall’s honor at the 2015 APTA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, sponsored by HNTB, HDR, the Solis Group, Legacy Resource Group and Olivier Incorporated.

This event raised more than $43,000, which included $10,000 contributed by APTA’s Business Member Board of Governors (BMBG). An additional $16,000 was raised during the Annual Meeting, for a total of $59,000, which exceeded APTF’s minimum threshold of $50,000 to establish a scholarship endowment. At the Legislative Conference on March 13, some key fund raisers presented APTF with a commemorative check. (An additional $1,000 was applied to the scholarship fund after the check was created.)

This scholarship was made possible by 105 individual contributors, including APTA’s business members, and the dedicated efforts of the individuals who organized and sponsored the Annual Meeting event.

The APTF Board of Directors thanked McCall, who served two two-year terms as a member of the APTF board, for her support of the foundation and her commitment to the future leaders of the public transportation industry.

The mission of APTF is to retain and increase the number of individuals choosing a career in public transportation by providing scholarships and engagement opportunities to deserving students and transit professionals.

Since its founding in 1988, APTF has awarded more than 250 scholarships totaling more than $800,000. The cumulative impact of nurturing a new generation of public transit professionals has been immeasurable. In 2015, 32 deserving recipients were awarded $110,000 in scholarships—the highest single-year amount in APTF history.

For details about APTF scholarships and other programs, click here.

Donors and APTA leaders gathered during the Legislative Conference to celebrate the creation of the Valarie J. McCall Scholarship. They include, first row, from left, Terry Solis, the Solis Group; APTF Chair Jennifer Mitchell; APTA Chair McCall; and Huelon Harrison, Legacy Resource Group. Second row, from left, Hugh Mose, Hugh A. Mose consulting; BMBG Chair Patrick Scully; APTA President & CEO Michael Melaniphy; APTF Secretary-Treasurer Kim Green; and Raquel Olivier, Olivier Incorporated.
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